Old Testament

Wisdom and Poetical Books

What is a “palanquin”?

Song of Solomon 3:9 (NRSV) reads, “King Solomon made himself a palanquin from the wood of Lebanon. He made its posts of silver, its back of gold, its seat of purple; its interior was inlaid with love.” A palanquin is a form of transport, usually for one person. It is box-shaped, and is carried on the shoulders of two or more people by the use of poles.


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